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MIT graduate student found dead in India: Kaitlin Goldstein fell jogging on crag

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The body of a missing MIT graduate student has been found in India this week. Police officials believe that Kaitlin Goldstein, who was studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fell to her death while jogging along a crag — a narrow cliff edge — in the Indian region of Ladakh. This Tuesday, June 24, the Malay Mail Online reported that Goldstein was working to earn her doctorate degree in architecture, and this terrible accident cut the 28-year-old’s life short far too soon.

While studying in northern India earlier this June, MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein is thought to have tripped in the middle of her morning run and plunged hundreds of feet off a precipice and into a ravine near Leh. The 28-year-old architecture major went missing over a week ago, and upon her disappearance, the young woman’s worried parents flew out to India in the hopes of finding their daughter. Police personnel working with MIT officials confirmed this weekend that Kaitlin had likely fallen by accident while jogging; her body has been recovered and is being returned to her family.

The Providence born girl was last seen telling a companion that she was going running on June 14. Although an autopsy report has not yet been revealed, Goldstein’s parents said that they were told Kaitlin probably slipped along bits of loose rock on the cliff ledge trail, then fell to her death. In addition to being an incredibly bright and capable graduate student working toward her doctoral degree in architecture at MIT, the young woman was also known to be a competitive runner.

According to the press release from Fox News, the 28-year-old was visiting India for a couple of weeks in order to participate in a workshop that focused on architecture, design, and energy development. She was confirmed to have arrived to a local university campus in India and had registered for the Students’ Educational Cultural Movement in the city of Leh. Once there, the graduate student was planning to help install technologically advanced solar panels at a nearby Buddhist monastery.

The President of MIT offered condolences to school faculty and staff this week, confirming to the tight-knit community that Kaitlin Goldstein was dead. Counseling services would be offered to those who needed them on campus. The young woman who unfortunately fell in the freak accident was cited as “passionate” and “resourceful.”

"She was passionately interested in energy solutions for the developing world, a subject she was exploring in a remote region of northern India at the time of her death," Reif wrote. "The death of someone so young and promising is a terrible loss; we should all take time to reach out to those around us."

Prior to Goldstein being declared missing, a massive search that included students, teachers, and India officials was made in the surrounding area. Soon the comprehensive hunt for the graduate student — which would sadly soon find only her body in the crag’s ravine below — expanded to include local law enforcement, the Intelligence Bureau of India, the U.S. State Department, and even the FBI. It is hopeful that the young woman’s family will be able to find peace and comfort during this difficult time once the grief passes.

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